Saemee Lyu

Saemee Lyu

Assistant Professor, Apparel Merchandising and Management, College of Agriculture


Dr. Lyu earned her Ph.D in apparel studies at the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral research focuses on development of soft materials wearables to modify human posture. It has given her the opportunity to apply her knowledge of product analysis and design with human factor analysis. US non-provisional patent application (No. 14/924,261, 2015) has been filed on the inventions resulting from her dissertation project. Within a variety of domains, she was able to see potential in this research to continue innovative product development and to develop relevant teaching curricula in design research.
Dr. Lyu earned a Master of Science degree in Clothing and Textiles at Seoul National University in 2011 and the Bachelor of Science degree in Clothing and Textiles at Kyungpook National University in 2009.
Dr. Lyu has experience in both research and creative activities. As a research assistant, she was the lead research assistant in the UMN Human Dimensioning© Lab from 2012 to 2014 which provided a broader understanding of managing research projects and laboratories. She has participated in various fashion shows and exhibitions including a juried design (2015 ITAA design exhibition) giving her valuable experience beyond technical elements of design. From many research projects and creative activities, Dr. Lyu has studied anthropometric technology, product development, and advanced pattern construction and had opportunities to study 3D body scanning technology with several software programs including ScanWorX, Adobe design software, TUKAcad, and TUKA3D. 


AMM 3900A: CAD for Patternmaking

AMM 4140L: Apparel Product Development Simulation

AMM 4630/A: Apparel Research Project

Research Interest

Product Development for Human Health and Well-Being

3D Scanning Technology

Human Performance in Apparel Industry

Creative and Functional Design

Apparel Fit and Sizing

Peer-Reviewed Work


  • Lyu, S., & LaBat, K. L. (2016). Effects of natural posture imbalance on posture deviation caused by load carriage. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics56, 115-123.

Design Scholarship (Juried Exhibition, *students at Cal Poly Pomona)

  • Lyu, S. (2018). Athleisure Hanbok. 2018 Annual Conference, International Textiles and Apparel Association. Cleveland, Ohio, Nov, 2018.
  • Chan, W.*, & Lyu, S. (2017). Architectural and Aesthetic Concrete from Recycled Plastic Bottles. 2017 Annual Conference, International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA). St. Petersburg, Florida, Nov, 2017.
  • Lyu, S. (2015). Blue Jeans Hanbok. 2015 Annual Conference, International Textiles and Apparel Association. Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nov, 2015.

US Patent

  • Lyu, S. (2015). Posture Improvement Shapewear Garment and Systems. U.S. Patent Application No. 14/924,261

Oral Presentation

  • Lyu, S. & LaBat, K. L. (2014). “Shapewear” for Women as a Postural Improvement Garment. 2014 Annual Conference, International Textiles and Apparel Association. Charlotte, North Carolina, Nov, 2014.
  • Han, H., Nam, Y., Shin, A., Kim, M., & Lyu, S. (2009). Measurement Methods for Automatic 3D Body Scan Measurement. Proceedings of 17th World Congress on Ergonomics. International Ergonomics Association. Beijing, China, August, 2009.